The Manchester City forward appeared to get the assistant referee’s shoulder after a contested throw-in decision.
Pep Guardiola has protected striker Sergio Aguero after he was criticised for putting his arm on the shoulder of assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis.
Aguero, making his first appearance since June after a knee injury, challenged a throw-in call which went against him early in the second half of Manchester City‘s 1-0 win over Arsenal on Saturday.
After arguing his case with Massey-Ellis, Aguero then put his arm around her shoulder as she started to leave– actions which drew attention on social media and led his former team- mate Micah Richards to state on Sky Sports that Aguero need to “know better”.
Under rules presented in 2016 players can be warned or dispatched for touching match authorities depending upon the nature of the incident, however Aguero’s actions went unpunished.
In his post-match interview, Guardiola stated: “Come on guys. Sergio is the nicest person I ever met in my life. Look for problems in other situations, not in this one.”
Aguero, who played a key role in establishing Raheem Sterling‘s definitive 23rd-minute goal, was changed after 65 minutes of his resurgence appearance.